Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 95 km stretch of coast in North Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire between Easington and Filey Brigg.
Officers from North Yorkshire County Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council are providing expert local advice and helping to ensure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.
This 21 mile stretch of the England Coast Path (ECP) is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this section of the Easington to Filey Brigg stretch on Wednesday 10 May 2023, by order of the Secretary of State.
On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State announced his decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in North Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire between Easington and Filey Brigg. Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State is still available to view.
Natural England will publish further details of the approved route in due course.
Work is now underway to prepare the new stretch of coast path for public use. The first step is to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is needed, such as signs and gates.
When preparations are complete, new access rights will come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.
Variation reports on approved sections
Sometimes it’s necessary to change sections of an approved route. The proposed changes are published as variation reports. Anyone can comment (make a representation) on these proposals. Affected landowners and occupiers can make an objection.
Proposals to change the approved route between East Hill and Cowden Parva (VR19)
On Thursday 8 December 2023, Natural England submitted a variation report to the Secretary of State setting out proposals to change the approved route of the England Coast Path in the East Riding of Yorkshire between East Hill and Cowden Parva (VR19).
The land to the north of the approved trail alignment at this point is the Cowden Former Air Weapons Range. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has requested that the path on the southern FAWR boundary edge be moved, due to operational land management requirements.
The route proposed in this report initially follows the southern boundary of the residential property at East Hill, before joining the existing byway and then a public bridleway to the B1242. The trail then turns northward and follows the field margin, with the existing hedgerow separating it from the road. At the northern end of the field, it joins the access road to Cowden FAWR and re-joins the original approved route.
The period for making representations and objections about the report closed at midnight on Thursday 8 February 2024.